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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0068 Ship Hydrodynamics

MECH0068 Ship Hydrodynamics

FHEQ Level:
7 (Undergraduate Yr 4 / MSc)
Terms 1 and 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
30 UCL / 15 ECTS
Previous Module Code:

Taught By

Ms Ema Muk-Pavic (Module Coordinator):
Ema Muk-Pavic
Professor Guoxiong Wu:
Guoxiong Wu
Mr John Aston:
John Aston

MECHGN03 Ship Hydrodynamics

This advanced module in ship hydrodynamics covers the analysis methods available for estimating ship resistance, hull/propeller interaction effects, and the design of propellers together with methods (both theoretical and empirical) for assessing the directional stability and manoeuvrability of ships.

Topics Covered

Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Nature of flow modelling in the marine environment
  • Potential flow methods
  • Representation of bodies – the Surface Panel method
  • Representation of free surface
  • Navier Stokes equations and their significance
  • Computer solution techniques
  • CFD visualisation and validation
  • Common applications

Resistance and Propulsion

  • Physics of flow around ship
  • Ship resistance and model testing
  • Resistance prediction from models
  • Resistance prediction without models
  • Appendage resistance and resistance in restricted waters
  • Propellor geometry and theories
  • Propellor characteristics and model testing
  • Hull-propellor interaction
  • Propellor design and powering prediction
  • Cavitation
  • Energy saving devices


  • General equations of motion
  • Linearization for analytical treatment
  • Using the linearized equations
  • Obtaining hydrodynamic terms for equations
  • Manoeuvring trials
  • Numerical simulation

Learning Outcomes

The aim of the module is to give students an advanced theoretical grounding in one of the fundamental analytical discipline fields of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials


This module is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination and coursework exercises.

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